EXCLUSIVE: With yesterday’s news of the BAFTA winning era gangster epic Peaky Blinders will end with its sixth season came a promise of the continuing series “in another guise,” said creator Steven Knight. Elaborating on this, he tells Deadline, “Covid has changed our plans. But I can tell my plan from the start was to end Woozy with a movie. This is what will happen. ”
A movie has long been hinted at for the series, and if there are no details at the moment and Deadline understands that nothing has been made official, it would seem like a logical extension for the series which has become its own industry. – or as Knight once told me, Woozy is “a beast that will not die”. There have been related books, clothing lines, an official soundtrack, and a video game. Knight was also approached for a spin-off ballet version and musical in the West End.
“Peaky Blinders” to end with season six being filmed; History will continue “in another form”
Knight had previously expressed interest in wrapping the Cillian Murphy-directed drama television series with a seventh season, but the pandemic has thrown a wrench in the works. Filming for season 6 began Monday, delayed just under a year by the pandemic. Details are still under wraps, although Knight has previously said he is planting seeds in Season 5 to be picked up later, one of which was “that fascism is on the march”.
Executive producer Caryn Mandabach tells me: “This last season of our beloved Peaky Blinders gonna be the best yet. Steve’s amazing ability to be prescient about world events is matched only by his ability to make Tommy Shelby the most indelible character of our time.
Season 5 has been the most watched yet for the Shelby family as the series has grown steadily since 2013. This final season began with the financial crash of 1929 and with Tommy Shelby de Murphy MP. When approached by Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) and his bold vision for Britain, Tommy realizes that his response will affect not only the future of his family, but that of the entire nation.
The season has also delved into Tommy’s psyche, and Knight over the years has stated that he would like to “rehabilitate” the character. His plan, he told us previously, was to end the seven-season series with the start of World War II so that Woozy becomes a story of people between the wars.